Scot and Maurine Proctor, the publisher and editor of Meridian Magazine, are embedded with the 125 LDS volunteers of the Utah Hospital Task Force in Haiti.
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Twice in the first 30 hours that the LDS volunteers were in Haiti, the call went out in camp looking for a doctor or nurse who could help deliver a baby. Because we were embedded by a military medical unit, a Haitian woman, hearing medical help was available at our campsite, came–but almost too late-as she was in the last throes of labor.
It was 4:00 a.m., and Scot and I were up in the dark using our computers on the generator, when we heard the call, and he rushed through our tents passing the word along. Pam Clark, a labor and delivery nurse at Alta View Hospital, woke from her sleep and rushed to the DMAT tent that was set up for patients.
In only a little time, she emerged from the tent with news that a healthy, baby girl had been born. We arrived with the camera in time to catch her first few moments, as the baby was wrapped in a Mylar blanket for warmth.
The mother and father had lost their home and his job in the earthquake. She had come straight from the street to deliver and had no better place to return.
It is usual for Haitian women to stay in a hospital only three hours after delivery. This woman got to stay 10 hours while the Ohio medical group found her a tent for her family to stay in.
Wasn’t she afraid to take a brand new infant out on the street to live, we asked? She said, “I’m not afraid of nothin’–God is in control of everything,” a faith she said she picked up at her Baptist Church.
In fact, she said, she was so not afraid, she had already given her baby a name-one that her husband made up and none of us could pronounce or spell.
Welcome to the world, little one. Welcome to earthquake-ravaged Haiti where you are homeless. May you help usher in a better world here.